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The Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics are planning a phone call on Saturday to “discuss the status” of their blockbuster trade involving Kyrie Irving and Isaiah Thomas, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
It was revealed on Friday night that the trade is suddenly in danger of being called off because of Thomas’ hip injury.
It is possible that the deal will still go through, however, Jeff Goodman of ESPN reports that the Cavaliers’ front office is concerned that Thomas will miss “significant time this season.”
One solution would be for the Cavs to request addition compensation in the trade. They have until Thursday to complete the trade.
Wojnarowski reported on Friday night that Thomas had his physical earlier in the day and that the Cavs were “weighing their options.“
The Cavaliers agreed to trade Irving to the Celtics for Thomas, forward Jae Crowder, rookie center Ante Zizic, and the Brooklyn Nets’ first-round draft pick in 2018.
The injury to Thomas’s hip was well known, however, this report suggests that the injury is worse than the Cavs were expecting.
Thomas initially injured his hip in March during the regular season and missed two games. He re-injured the hip during the Eastern Conference semifinals and eventually missed the final three games of the Eastern Conference finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The status of the trade was described to ESPN as “a very sensitive situation.“
After the trade, Celtics general manager Danny Ainge confirmed that the hip was still an issue for Thomas and that he would likely miss the start of the season, but that he “should be fine” at some point during the season.
Thomas and the Celtics opted against surgery on the hip. The speculation now would be that the Cavaliers believe that surgery is necessary and that Thomas would miss much more of the season than originally feared.